We all know the age-old brain teaser: one of these things is not like the other. The exercise is meant to show two things that appear identical, but upon further investigation, we find that they are not. The same could be said about our personal and professional lives. Though many career counselors suggest that we leave our personal lives at home once we get to work, that could be the wrong approach. What if, by allowing our whole selves to show in every aspect of our day instead dividing ourselves into compartments, we are actually able to function better?
AssistPro™ is a virtual company. We don’t have a physical headquarters (yet) and our entire team works remotely. We have created a community and fostered a culture of teamwork, but our company is founded on the principle of managing all the balls in the air of life. This also includes our personal responsibilities. I realized how much our personal lives are intertwined with our work when my kids helped me complete my 2018 Goals Board while I was away from my desk. As you can see in the picture, they saw my notes and decided to add some of their own.
This is exactly what each day looks like in not only the lives of ourAssistPro™ Managing Assistants, but also our clients’ lives as entrepreneurs and small business owners. At some point in your career, you will find it is nearly impossible to separate who you are and what is happening in your life from your work. Why? Who you are is directly connected to the work you are doing and it impacts your ability to succeed. Life’s storms force a shift in priorities and change your perspective.
As any leader or business owner will tell you, the balancing act of a truly fulfilling career is a challenge. I’m willing to bet that if we can find that push-pull, that ebb and flow of priorities and time, the challenge will become increasingly fulfilling. As we begin 2018 and find our way through this first month of the year, I challenge you to let your whole life shine through in your work and your personal life. You might find it allows you to perform better in your role and that it empowers you to find the role that is the best fit for you, your skills and priorities.
Either way, at the end of the day, a goal board with a little love thrown in from those who matter most can only be a sign of great things to come in the year ahead.
Happy New Year from all of us at AssistPro™!